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Application for Liquor Licence and Club Liquor Licence

Updated: Sep 10, 2023


Application for Liquor Licence and Club Liquor Licence | Bestar
Application for Liquor Licence and Club Liquor Licence | Bestar


Application for Liquor Licence and Club Liquor Licence


How to Apply for a Liquor Licence in Hong Kong


The sale of liquor in Hong Kong is regulated by the Liquor Licensing Board (LLB). To sell liquor in Hong Kong, you must obtain a liquor licence from the LLB.


There are two types of liquor licences:

  • Ordinary liquor licence: This licence allows you to sell liquor for consumption on the premises.

  • Club liquor licence: This licence allows you to sell liquor for consumption on the premises of a club.

The requirements for obtaining a liquor licence in Hong Kong vary depending on the type of licence you are applying for. However, some of the common requirements include:

  • You must be at least 21 years old.

  • You must have a good character and reputation.

  • The premises where you will be selling liquor must meet certain requirements, such as having adequate ventilation and fire safety measures.

  • You must pay the prescribed licence fee.

The application process for a liquor licence in Hong Kong can be complex and time-consuming. You should carefully review the requirements and procedures before you apply.


Here are the steps on how to apply for a liquor licence in Hong Kong:

  1. Download the application form from the website of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD).

  2. Complete the application form and submit it to the FEHD office in your district.

  3. Pay the prescribed licence fee.

  4. Attend an interview with the LLB.

  5. Wait for the LLB to make a decision on your application.

The LLB will usually make a decision on your application within 6 months. If your application is approved, you will be issued a liquor licence. The licence will be valid for one year.


Here are some of the documents that you need to submit with your application form:

  • A copy of your valid identity card or passport.

  • A copy of your business registration certificate.

  • A copy of the lease agreement for the premises where you will be selling liquor.

  • A site plan of the premises.

  • A fire safety certificate for the premises.

  • A ventilation certificate for the premises.

  • A letter of good character from two referees.

You can find more information about the application requirements on the website of the FEHD.


Here are some additional tips for applying for a liquor licence in Hong Kong:

  • Make sure that you complete the application form carefully and accurately.

  • Provide all of the required documents.

  • Be prepared to answer questions about your business and your plans for selling liquor.

  • Be polite and cooperative during the interview with the LLB.

The LLB will consider a number of factors when making a decision on your application, including:

  • Your character and reputation.

  • The suitability of the premises for selling liquor.

  • The need for liquor in the area.

  • The potential impact of the sale of liquor on the community.

If your application is approved, you will be issued a liquor licence. The licence will be valid for one year. You will need to renew your licence every year.


Liquor License Price


Application for Liquor Licence and Club Liquor Licence


The price of a liquor licence in Hong Kong depends on the type of licence and the duration of the licence.


The following are the fees for the issue or renewal of a liquor licence (other than a club liquor licence):

  • If a bar is kept on the premises concerned:

    • For a licence valid for 1 year: HK$3,940.

    • For a licence valid for more than 1 year: HK$5,910.


  • If no bar is kept on the premises concerned:

    • For a licence valid for 1 year: HK$1,990.

    • For a licence valid for more than 1 year: HK$2,990.


The following are the fees for the issue or renewal of a club liquor licence:

  • If a bar is kept on the premises concerned:

    • For a licence valid for 1 year: HK$1,100.

    • For a licence valid for more than 1 year: HK$1,650.


  • If no bar is kept on the premises concerned:

    • For a licence valid for 1 year: HK$1,100.

    • For a licence valid for more than 1 year: HK$1,650.


You can find more information about the fees for liquor licences in Hong Kong on the website of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD).


The FEHD also charges a handling fee of HK$140 for each liquor licence application.


In addition to the licence fee, you may also need to pay other fees, such as a fire safety certificate fee and a ventilation certificate fee.


The total cost of obtaining a liquor licence in Hong Kong can vary depending on the type of licence, the duration of the licence, and the location of the premises.


How Bestar can Help


Bestar can help you with the following in relation to liquor licences in Hong Kong:

  • Advise you on the requirements for obtaining a liquor licence.

  • Prepare the necessary application documents.

  • Represent you at the interview with the Liquor Licensing Board.

  • Follow up on your application and ensure that it is processed smoothly.

Here are some additional things that Bestar can help you with:

  • Renewing your liquor licence

  • Dealing with any violations or complaints related to your liquor licence

  • Providing advice on liquor liability insurance

  • Helping you set up your liquor inventory and accounting system

Bestar is a firm that specializes in providing accounting and business advisory services to businesses in Hong Kong. We have a team of experienced accountants and business advisors who are familiar with the liquor licensing process in Hong Kong. We can help you navigate the complex regulations and ensure that your application is successful.


The cost of using Bestar's services will vary depending on the complexity of your case. However, we offer a free consultation so that you can get an idea of the fees involved.


You can contact us to inquire about it.


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